John Brogan (footballer, born 1954)

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John Brogan
Personal information
Full name John Gerald Brogan
Date of birth (1954-03-09) 9 March 1954 (age 63)
Place of birth Hamilton, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Blantyre Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1977 Albion Rovers 124 (32)
1977–1984 St Johnstone 244 (114)
1984 Hibernian 5 (1)
1984 Ayr United (loan) 5 (0)
1984–1987 Hamilton Academical 95 (35)
1987–1993 Stirling Albion 76 (39)
Total 549 (221)
Teams managed
1988–1994 Stirling Albion
1995–1996 Arbroath
1996–1997 Armadale Thistle
1997–1999 Blantyre Victoria
1999–2008 East Kilbride Thistle
2008–2014 Yoker Athletic
2014 BSC Glasgow
2014– Lanark United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Gerald Brogan (born 9 March 1954)[1] is a Scottish former professional footballer who played for several Scottish clubs in the 1970s and 1980s. Brogan scored 273 goals in all competitions during his career and is perhaps best known for his spell at St Johnstone where he remains the club's record goalscorer.[2][3]


Brogan began his career at Albion Rovers in 1972, signing from Junior club Blantyre Celtic. He moved to St Johnstone in February 1977, scoring 6 goals in 15 games to help the Saints avoid relegation from the First Division.[3] Brogan was the First Division's joint-top goalscorer in 1979–80 and in 1982–83, scored 36 goals in all competitions as St Johnstone won the title and promotion to the Premier Division.[4][5]

After St Johnstone were relegated from the Premier Division at the end of 1983–84 season, Brogan remained in the division after signing for Hibernian. The move did not work out however, and after a spell on loan at Ayr United, he joined his hometown club Hamilton Academical in December 1984. Brogan enjoyed a successful spell at Accies under the management of John Lambie and was the club's top scorer in each of his three seasons. Hamilton were First Division champions in 1985–86 with Brogan winning the divisional player of the year award.[5]

Brogan joined Stirling Albion in July 1987 and was appointed player-manager in January 1989. He guided the club to the Second Division Championship in 1991, a Scottish Cup quarter-final in 1990 and ensured that the team became the highest ranked part-time team in Scotland. He was sacked by the Yo-Yo's in 1994 with the club facing relegation, a situation only caused by re-organisation of the SFL.

Brogan had an unsuccessful spell in charge of Arbroath between 1995 and 1996. Following his spell at Gayfield, he moved into Junior football, forming a managerial partnership with former Clyde player Martin Clark. The pair took charge of East Region outfit Armadale Thistle in 1996 then moved to Blantyre Victoria a year later, winning promotion for the Vics in 1998.[5]

Brogan and Clark took charge of East Kilbride Thistle in November 1999, with Brogan assuming full control when Clark left to join the Celtic youth set-up in 2002. With East Kilbride, he won the Sectional League Cup in 2002 and promotion from Central District First Division in 2006.[5]

Brogan took over as the manager of Yoker in 2008 Yoker Athletic, leading the club to two successive promotions.[6] However, the former St Johnstone striker left the club under controversial circumstances following a bust up with chairman Stephen Frew and his son Ryan on the pitch following a 2-0 defeat to Maybole at Holm Park.[7]

On 12 May 2014, Brogan join new Lowland League side BSC Glasgow as manager. [8]

On 14 September 2014, Brogan resigned as manager of BSC Glasgow [9]

On 23 September 2014 Brogan was appointed manager of Lanark United. [10]



Stirling Albion


  1. ^ "John Gerald Brogan – Record vs Heart of Midlothian". London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Top-50 in All Competitions since 1946". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "History – Significant Saints". St Johnstone F.C. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Brian McColl. "Top goalscorers per division". Scottish Football Historical Archive. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Craig Anderson (5 June 2008). "John Brogan – factfile". East Kilbride News. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sensational". Clydebank Post. 16 May 2012. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Breaking: Yoker part ways with manager John Brogan". Clydebank Post. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
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External links[edit]

  • John Brogan, Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database